Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20091113
English writer Sarah Dunant has a certain degree of recognition in her home country, hosting a nightly television talk show on the BBC, and working as a radio reporter for years. Her fame in America, though, rests on her historical fiction, The Birth of Venus, and In the Company of the Courtesan. Her newest novel, the third in this triptych of fiction about Renaissance Italy, called Sacred Hearts, gives a glimpse into life at the convent. Dunant talks about the meticulous research she does for every novel, and also about how her early experience with crime fiction taught her how to write novels.
Patricia Smith is the author of seven poetry books and a four-time National Poetry Slam Champion, the most successful poet in the competition's history. In part one of this conversation, she reads from her recent book, ...
Poets Hadara Bar-Nadav and Kathryn Nuernberger, who were both chosen as 2017 NEA Literary Fellows, discuss their recent collections along with their origins and influences, and talk about how dreaming affects their poetry. Bar-Nadav, co-editor of ...
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